MARGARET JENKINS DANCE COMPANY
in its 43rd year, the MJDC is a collaborative body of dancer/collaborators, writers, composers and visual designers, an ensemble that shifts and reconstitutes itself depending on the project. The MJDC and all its associates are dedicated to an art that awakens, provokes and encourages a deeper inquiry into oneself, that pushes the parameters of how art can be seen and interpreted, who experiences it and the conversations that ensue. The dancer/collaborators and other artists work intimately with one another: a community of makers, to push themselves to find a unique physicality for each work and a singular visual and musical environment.
"We begin with a concept that launches our investigations and we inevitably make discoveries along the way that alter where we began. Therein is the primary reason to make work. The intellectual, spiritual, physical and aesthetic trust between and among the collaborators is what best describes who we are and how we move forward," says Margaret Jenkins.
Because we believe in the power of dance to be transformative, we seek to create environments – in the studio and with our audiences – where everyone feels safe, provoked and challenged. Through making work, performing in San Francisco and around the world (most recently Sweden in September 2016), as well as developing programs like CHIME (Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange) relaunched in January 2017, we propose, encourage, and sustain a dialogue with all who collaborate and all who witness. In our 43-year history, the MJDC has been a place for innovation, collaboration, experimentation, and evolution of the artistic process.
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The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company’s activities are made possible by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, SF Grants for the Arts, Hellman Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Koret Foundation, Judith Brown Meyers Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, The Bernard Osher Foundation, and generous individuals.